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Ohio State Releases Photos From First Practices Without Urban Meyer

A closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State jacket.

PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 30: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on September 30, 2017 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. Ohio State won 56-0. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Urban Meyer released a statement on Friday following the allegations against him and the Ohio State football program involving now-fired assistant Zach Smith, ending the statement saying "I look forward to rejoining (the team) soon."

Meyer has yet to rejoin the team. He remains on paid administrative leave during Ohio State's investigation into the situation.

Ohio State's team, meanwhile, is preparing for the beginning of its season.

The Buckeyes opened practice on Friday, roughly one month prior to their opening game against Oregon State on Sept. 1.

Ohio State has today released some photos from the Buckeyes' first practices without Urban Meyer.

It appears to be business as usual for Ohio State's players, who are now being led by interim coach Ryan Day.

Ohio State will typically have some practices open to the media, with select players and coaches being available for interviews afterwords, however, that is not the case during Urban Meyer's departure.

"The university is committed to supporting our student-athletes as they prepare for the upcoming semester," Ohio State's statement read. "Due to the ongoing investigation, football coaches and student-athletes will not be available for interviews until further notice and all practices will be closed. We anticipate providing an update on availability Monday."